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ANC legacies? Retrieving and deploying emancipatory values today

For many decades and for many people, the name “ANC” conjured up selflessness, sacrifice in the service of the oppressed people of South Africa and the meaning of freedom itself. People bent every effort to link themselves with the message of the ANC. They risked police attention and possible arrest by listening to the ANC […]

Tshwane in flames as ANC authority disintegrates

There have always been problems with ANC electoral lists in post-apartheid South Africa. There have been undercurrents of dissatisfaction since the earliest parliamentary lists of 1994, though they did not initially become public issues and there do not seem to have been significant electoral irregularities. What has emerged in recent years, however, is widespread and […]

“Show of strength” by declining ANC

The Gauteng ANC almost fulfilled their promise that they would fill the 95,000- seater FNB stadium for the provincial launch of their local government election manifesto last Saturday. There were some empty seats and people did leave during President Jacob Zuma’s speech, but they definitely pulled some 20-40,000 more than there have been at any […]

How do we identify ethical leadership and politics?

Very many South Africans are cynical about politics and doubtful whether it will ever be pursued with integrity, with the purpose of serving the people of the country. When people claim to have devoted their lives to public service it is seldom treated seriously. The ANC slogan for its centenary was “100 years of selfless […]

Two Killed and scores injured as Kenya’s Opposition Pushes for Withdrawal of Electoral Body

Two Killed and scores injured as Kenya’s Opposition Pushes for Withdrawal of Electoral Body

Police in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, on Monday fired teargas canisters at protesters gathering outside the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission offices at Anniversary Towers, seeking the withdrawal of electoral officials from office. The move followed a directive from the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who termed the protests unlawful since police were not […]

Kenya insists on Repatriating Somali Refugees from Dadaab Refugee Camp

Kenya insists on Repatriating Somali Refugees from Dadaab Refugee Camp

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto on Monday re-affirmed the Kenyan government’s strong stance to close Dadaab refugee camp, the largest refugee camp complex in the world, hosting over 329000 refugees and repatriate the Somali refugees. Kenya insists that Dadaab refugee camp harbours drug traffickers and terror merchants and while there has been evidence to pin […]

IFC to up funding for Kenya

IFC to up funding for Kenya

The International Finance Corporation wants to increase the amount of funds it disburses to both the public and private sector in Kenya. The Executive Vice President and CEO of the IFC, Philippe Le Houerou, Tuesday told President Uhuru Kenyatta that his organisation is impressed by Kenya’s progress and that they are also also using the […]

“Imminent arrest” of Pravin Gordhan and undermining of legality

There has been a flurry of denials since the Sunday Times broke the story that Pravin Gordhan, the minister of finance, faced “imminent arrest” on charges of “espionage” associated with an alleged intelligence unit in the South African Revenue Service. The Presidency called the report mischief making, but did not specifically deny that an investigation […]

Rwanda expels 15,000 ”illegal” Burundians

Rwanda expels 15,000 ”illegal” Burundians

The government of Rwanda has over the last few days expelled about 15,000 Burundians and sent them back to the conflict-wrecked East African nation allegedly for living in Rwanda illegally. Despite the fact the fact that move has been viewed as retaliatory given the tense relations between the two neighbours, the authorities in Kigali were […]

Democracy beyond electoralism

The political choice is clear for many South Africans: If you don’t vote for the ANC then it is your duty to get them out of power by voting for one of the opposition parties to “make a difference”. That does not work for me. I struggle to find a way to contribute towards making […]

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